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  • Behind the disconnect between stocks and fundamentals  Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer at Merk Investments, says markets are disconnected from fundamentals as risk premiums are compressed due to central banks' stimulus injections.

  • Why a stronger dollar may not bite EM bonds Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Emerging markets may be buffeted by a stronger U.S. dollar and lower commodity prices, but the segment's bonds still look like a good bet, analysts said.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Italy's borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday after its credit rating was cut nearly to junk though prospects of stimulus from Europe's central bank tempered the increase. Standard& Poor's downgraded Italy's rating to BBB- from BBB late on Friday, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public...

  • Italy: A further downgrade would be a problem  Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    S&P downgraded its rating on Italian debt down to 'BBB -'. Charles Diebel, head of Macro Strategy at Aviva Investors, says that unless there's a further downgrade, Italy doesn't need to worry.

  • Will low oil prices push Venezuela toward default? Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    Falling oil prices have side-swiped Venezuela's government finances, spurring default concerns, but it isn't clear if contagion effects will emerge.

  • ROME, Dec 5- Standard& Poor's cut Italy's sovereign credit rating on Friday from BBB to BBB-, just one notch above junk, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public debt. As recently as June, the agency had confirmed Italy's BBB rating and forecast average growth of 1.0 percent over the three-year period.

  • Near-perfect sell signal says stocks should drop Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:09 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    How can prices for high-yield bonds be falling and prices for stocks rising, when they’ve traded so reliably in tandem in the past?

  • Refinery and pipeline junk debt outshines Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    Pipeline construction in Oklahoma

    Not all junk bonds in the U.S. energy sector have come under fire during the rout in oil prices, as investors rotate their holdings across the market.

  • Oil price collapse roils US junk bond funds Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 2- Collapsing energy prices have hit hard U.S. corporate junk bond funds, putting them on track for their worst performance in six years by squeezing the exploration and drilling companies that have been among most active issuers of high-yield debt. Last week's decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to refrain from...

  • Areva's options narrow in shadow of debt refinancing Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 28- With big bond repayments due in 2016-17 and its credit rating cut to junk last week, France's loss-making nuclear group Areva has a narrow and shrinking window to turn around its business and refinance its pile of debt. With billions of capital destroyed by writedowns on a Finland reactor project and an African uranium mine and its revenue crimped...

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 21- Rating agency Standard& Poor's said on Friday it expected Turkey's current account deficit, its main economic weakness, to remain close to 5.3 percent of output until 2017, with falling oil prices helping the economy to rebalance. The agency, which affirmed its unsolicited BB+ rating, one notch below investment grade, said it saw elevated policy...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Six years of interest rate suppression by the U.S. "The high-yield market is sort of in a bubble and sooner or later there will be a price paid for that," said Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who said he owns credit default swaps on high yield debt against the 5- year U.S. Martin Fridson, chief investment officer of wealth management firm Lehmann...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Several months ago, U.S. mutual funds scooped up most of the $1.25 billion in high-yield junk bonds issued by Denbury Resources Inc, a Plano, Texas, oil and gas exploration company. The 5.5 percent coupon on the Denbury bonds maturing in 2022 attracted a number of U.S. mutual fund buyers, including the Franklin Income Fund, which held nearly 10 percent...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 10- The escalating cost to service Puerto Rico's debt is one reason why its bonds are not attractive at current prices, a major municipal bond investor said on Monday. Traditional municipal bond investors have been largely avoiding junk-rated Puerto Rico, which has a debt load of more than $70 billion, leaving it partly reliant on banks and hedge...

  • Making junk-rated loans to companies that are often owned by private equity firms is a lucrative, high-margin business for major Wall Street banks. Leveraged loans accounted for $254.7 billion, or 74.7 percent, of criticized assets in the 2014 review, compared with $227 billion, or 75 percent, of criticized assets in 2013, the Federal Reserve, the Federal...

  • New junk bond risk: It matters who owns what Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Add a new concern to the stable of high-yield bond risks: ownership of some companies' issuance has become concentrated with just a few fund managers.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 27- The rouble weakened on Monday after a slight rebound at the opening prompted by a decision of Standard& Poor's to keep Russia's sovereign rating unchanged. Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, but said a downgrade may follow if the West imposes more sanctions on Moscow over its...

  • *Ratings downgrades hit bonds and credit default swaps. LONDON, Oct 24- Investors demanded higher yields to hold Tesco's debt on Friday while the cost of insuring against default rose sharply after ratings downgrades left Britain's biggest grocer hovering just above junk status. "The ratings remain on review for downgrade because Tesco has not yet announced...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens. Russian Finance Minister...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning that a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens.